Kitty Hawk Class

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Kitty Hawk Class Aircraft Carriers

There are three ships in this class -

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USS Kitty Hawk CVA/CV 63
USS Constellation CVA/CV 64
USS America CVA/CV 66

They were commissioned from 1955 - 1965 as Attack Aircraft Carriers, with the CVA designation, and were refitted to accomodate anti-submarine aircraft in the mid-70s when their designations were changed to Multi-Purpose Aircraft Carriers, with the CV designation.  We are pleased to be able to offer a variety of artwork featuring these legendary ladies.

Profile Drawings of Kitty Hawk Class Aircraft Carriers by George Bieda

Shown here are the USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) as she was configured in the 1980's, and the USS America (CV-66) from the Vietnam era.  Click on the thumbnail to see a larger view, then click your browser's BACK button to return here.

The Kitty Hawk Class
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"Sunset Recovery" by William Phillips

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Sunset Recovery by William S. Phillips“Where is the nearest carrier?” This question is often asked first by our President when a crisis erupts overseas. These powerful instruments of diplomacy and military might, the Navy’s carrier battle groups, have been the United State’s reaction-force-of-choice since World War II.

“Sunset Recovery” is William Phillips’ latest work featuring a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier in action. All eight of his previous Fine Art Editions featuring carriers have Sold Out at the Publisher and are only available on the secondary market.  This piece depicts USS Kitty Hawk CV 63 out of San Diego in the late 1970s.  The incoming and outgoing CAP aircraft are early F-14 Tomcats.

In the artist’s own words –

“An aircraft carrier is exciting beyond belief,” beams Phillips. “It’s the tip of the spear and it operates that way. It’s dangerous and it’s exciting. Nothing is static. Their size is phenomenal. The sense of mission and camaraderie from the engine room to the flight crews is inspiring. For the rest of my life, I’ll jump at the chance to get on one whenever I can.”

“In the late 1970s, I had the chance to deploy on the USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) out of San Diego, but this scene could be anywhere in the world because sunsets are universal at sea. Coming on board a carrier is tough no matter what time of day it is. They call flight operations at this time “Pink Ops.” Technically, it is a night operations, but I’ll tell you, landing in any kind of daylight beats coming aboard before absolute dark.”

This dramatic print is available in three editions: 200 Fine Art Limited Edition Prints, 75 Fine Art Limited Edition Canvas Giclee Prints, and only 25 Masterworks Limited Edition Canvas Giclee prints.  Make your selection in the order form below!

"Sunset Recovery" by William S. Phillips
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